Lansing Regional Chamber Applauds USDOT Approval of American Airlines Washington, D.C. and Chicago
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Posted by: Eric Dimoff
The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) said today the approval of the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) of American Airlines proposal to provide direct air service between Capital Region International Airport and Washington, D.C. represents an important step forward for the region.
“This really is a historic day for the Greater Lansing region,” said Tim Daman, LRCC president and chief executive officer. “Securing Washington, D.C. service represents a “win-win-win” opportunity that will help create and retain jobs in Michigan, grow our regional economy and ensure Lansing’s airport remains a cornerstone of our region’s business development strategies.”
LRCC has been actively involved in promoting support for the American Airlines proposal from Chamber members who wrote letters of support to personally meeting with members of the Michigan Congressional delegation who represented the community’s support before USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx.
“We have long recognized the importance that strong air service means for our region’s ability to attract and retain business investment and jobs,” said Daman. “Today’s announcement is a message to the world that Lansing is open for business.”
Washington, D.C. is the number one destination among business travelers in the Greater Lansing region. In addition to bringing back direct service to the nation’s capital, the American Airlines proposal also provides three new daily flights between Lansing and Chicago.
“The Chicago service is the hidden jewel in this package,” said Daman. “Now, our region will have more service to one of the world’s most important hubs, and the rare opportunity to bring another legacy carrier, American Airlines into our market.”